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National Rugby League Side Gold Coast Titans Fined $263,000 For Salary Cap Breach

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

National Rugby League side Gold Coast has been fined A$300,000 ($263,000) "and hit with a suspended penalty of four competition points over a salary cap breach in regard to former playmaker Scott Prince," according to the AAP. Prince left the Titans at the end of '12 and the penalty "was issued aft...

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Europcar To End French WorldTour Sponsorship

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UEFA President Michel Platini wants "to review the operation of modern football," according to the AFP. In “Parlons Football,” his new book out Thursday, Platini calls for several measures that will "improve the playing field." Platini "would like 'the power to make two changes at halft ...

Tags: International Football, Europe

10/17/14
AFA Claims Police Attacked Players

The Albanian FA released a detailed statement that alleges AFA President Armando Duka "was hit with a piece of concrete and players were attacked by supporters, security personnel and the police after the Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade on Tuesday," according to the London GUARDIAN. ...

Tags: International Football, Europe

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L'Equipe 21 To Focus on Live Programming

L’Equipe 21, the free-TV channel broadcast on French DTT, "whose audience is struggling to take off, is now going to focus on live programming," the TV channel announced during the presentation of its new programming schedule on Tuesday, according to the AFP. It "hopes to capitalize on the go ...

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Serie A Names Overseas Rights Bidders

Serie A "announced a shortlist of three companies bidding for its international television rights, with MP & Silva, IMG and B4 Capital all in the running," according to SOCCEREX. The league "is hoping to improve" on the €117M ($150M)-per-year it currently generates from its overseas TV rig ...

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The Stade Velodrome, expanded for the Euro 2016, will be "officially inaugurated Thursday after more than three years and €268M ($341.7M) of work," according to the AFP. The Velodrome has "seen its maximum capacity go from 60,000 seats to 67,000" and is "equipped with a huge white 65,000-squar ...

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